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makes me very happy because in italy we have been following this path for a very long time. for example in the first six months of this year we installed photovoltaic panels larger than the united states all put together. it shows you the extent of the revolution happening. i am sure italian companies will be happy to work with the local institutions that have started to generate projects that will somehow go in that direction, and also we want to have parties and communication activities to show the people in the street that it is important to have sustainable behaviors and not to leave a carbon footprint behind us.
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>> [inaudible] >> yeah, if i understand correctly because -- you said about the innovation -- if we? >> [inaudible] >> yeah, okay. well, we're going to have in the museum of computer science in mountain view an exhibition show casing what italians have done to create silicon valley. i mentioned one person but there are many other examples. along with that we will have a big conference with italian innovators and venture capitalists and along with large hi tech companies of silicon valley and come together and focus on specific projects how
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to work together for technological innovation. it will be focused on silicon valley but also the cultural institute in san francisco we have surprises for you that we're preparing. any other questions? >> [inaudible] >> yeah. >> [inaudible] the problem of the public -- i would like for you to answer it -- [inaudible] >> i try not to be technical, but i hope i would be pervasive just telling you the debt crisis is basically a crisis connected to the governments of the euro system that has hit some
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countries for some reasons. somewhat we were hit because of the sins of our past. we have been having -- we have had a relatively a sizable but stable debt for a long time, but the point is it's very manageable. we are reducing it pretty fast, very fast indeed, and also to reassure the investors if you put together the net household wealth of italians as compared to the debt of the government and the companies the ratio is three to one, so it's a matter of redistribution somehow. italians thanks to god are a wealtdy people and the matter is how we can put things into order in our household but definitely italy is a major stable solid economy, and once -- already there are signs of strong
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improvement. once this crisis is over we will definitely flex the muscles. please. >> [inaudible] are you planning show case any important architects and designers in this year of italian culture? >> definitely. i mean in san francisco there's a wonderful san francisco design week, so we will have an italian design week too. we are planning on an exhibition of cultural institute with major brands of interior design. there's also very nice thing that we're working on. a famous architect has designed the california academy of sciences, the wonderful
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building in golden gate park. he has also designed similar museum in italy in my city and the museum is almost finished there, and our ambition is to have him come over and celebrate at the academy, and also talk to young architects about the most sustainable ways to build this century. other questions? if there is no other question i thank you so much. thank our distinguished guest for being here with us and i hope to have a good time with you guys at the italian cultural institute. thank you. [applause]
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>> call the roll. [calling roll] >> commissioner vietor will arrive momentarily. >> we have a quorum. >> any additions? >> i move the minutes of november 13? >> second. >> those in favor, signify by aye. >> motion carries. public comments? dr. jackson. dr. jackson.
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>> thank you very much, dr. jackson, hunter's point. i wasn't going to come today but it became an emergency. we have a large problem in the southeast sector of san francisco, especially with our children. we have a turf, where children that live in a full-block area cannot leave out to get to school. there was a group financing the young men and women to the college, and they were doing well. but the funding stopped last friday. i am concerned about the young people getting to school. i know there are programs and i talked to one this morning with the city hall, the young people wears colored jackets and things
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but only 12 staff. my concern is a community benefit fund for hunter's point and that's funding for all over the city. but my concern is when funds are given out to so-called cbo's or the same people, it do not reach in my community where it need to be reached. i requested that i would like to see when funds are distributed to so-called groups that are doing something in my community. including the health department, i talked to dr. garcia and learned of 49 groups dealing with the healthy department, then bay view hunter's point should be the healthier community in the world. but people are sick and dying in
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that area. i asked that when funds are distributed into my community. i would like somebody from your staff to come before the black human rights council of san francisco, which i founded. to make sure that the funds are going to the right groups to help in my community. and that includes the health department. i talked to dr. garcia about the same thing. our people in the area they don't have just one problem. they may have cancer in the brain and breast cancer and they may have mental ill businessnni one is treating the entire body in bayview hunter's point. i want to thank you for allowing me to speak, to inform you that my community is sick and you can
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help to cure my community. and i missed you at that meeting you said you were coming to, and you did not show up. >> really, i should have been told. he came, okay. well. i was going to wish you merry christmas. i still am. the honorable mr. costa. >> i am just a simple country bumpkin. commissioners from time to time, we need to find out about our roots. and i am talking about sfsuc. at one time this was just a water department. here mr. brown and mr. helman and a few others decided to make this an enterprise department. now that it's an enterprise
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department and i know that mr. moran is looking at me with big eyes, and that's rightly so. now that this is an enterprise department we need some sense about our assets. so i was at the last meeting, and i missed the first portion where (inaudible) and i was there in the succession portion with lafco, and i strongly feel that hetch hetchy was taken, and all the mandates laid down in the regular act, which people do not want to read. which we should read. are to focus on hydroelectricity. and how much of that can we increase to bring here to the city. we are not paying attention to it. we are like arbitrarily thinking
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if they pay us something, we can be content. we need to revisit that. now i don't know if you have visited our toilets. at long last they have what is called water flows that are going to save us millions of gallons of water. this is in our great city hall in the year 2012. and i think in the year 2013 that will be accomplished. that's good. that's in keeping with our policies. finally, as espinola jackson stated, or dr. jackson stated, the factor had a burden imposed on it because of the history.
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you know the concrete, the aggregate companies. other refuse and so on and so forth. so holistically we need to devise a blueprint so that those who have been impacted that justice is done. >> thank you very much. any other public comments? i thought we had some -- any other public? no other public comments. all right. we will take note of the communications, is that correct? item 5? >> correct. >> commissioner moran. >> mr. president, a couple of items under communication, "f" and "g" are basically the water supply report. i have reviewed those and had
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some conversations with staff. i think there is a couple of areas where the reports are incomplete. and other areas because of that incompleteness they are misleading. i would like to ask those reports be revised and reissued in january to correct those issues. >> items "f" and "g," that's the order without objection. >> and the other thing as we talk about regional water supply, i mentioned before that, we have our own plans of how we develop that supply, and boska has their own. another thing i would like to see in january is a discussion for the most appropriate way for us to coordinateinate our planning efforts with boska, with respect to the regional
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water supply. if you add that. >> without objection, that's the order, and for "f" and "g." any other comments from any other members? other commission business? >> commissioner caen. >> i have one thing, a couple of weeks ago, i was talking to my pharmacist, or a pharmacist. and i had some meds and i asked what they were for, and they were very old. and she said, just put them down the toilet. and then she got a lecture from me. and i know we have mentioned this before in our newsletter. but i think it should be mentioned again. especially coming from a pharmacist. it's very disheartening. >> commissioner. >> perhaps we could have -- i don't know if i am on. perhaps we could have an update
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on where our pharmaceutical project and program is. i know there was an effort and roll out with the fire stations and the police stations to do some collection. it would be great to hear if those programs are succeeding and the pharmacies involved. to get a handle and implication since we can't treat those pharmaceuticals in the treatment facility. >> i see nodding around. >> we will provide an update at the next meeting. >> thank you. >> move to the report of the general manager. >> so the first item on my report is an update from julie labonty, wsip. >> good afternoon, the focus of wsip has been on the large change of the calaban project
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and the status of the program. i will give a brief update. on the calaban project, i am pleased to report that the director will sign the seqa for the site and the first permit approval received today. the contract observation hill is proceeding well, they are averaging 15,000 cubic yards a day, that is better than expected. the contractor did a good job of protecting the site and responding to the major storms that struck the bay area a couple of weeks ago. noah does remain a big challenge for us on that project. so far
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we have been able to control that issue. it's not impacted construction. but we definitely need to keep that issue as one of our top priority in the field. it's actually the third highest risk on this project. talking about risks in our december update, we will elevate our number 1 and number 2 risks on the project to the trend level. which means that the likelihood of those risks to materialize is becoming greater. which means we must start to account for potential impacts for those issues our cost forecast. what we have done significantly, adding $6.9 million for the project for number 1 and number 2 risks. this is the additional excavation under the foundation that i talked to you about, and
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additional under the dam foundation. this is ongoing, and because of our starting position and that of the contractor is far apart at this point, we anticipate it to take longer. we seek approval for a first project revision that is based on the estimation of the cm. not the change order. because such a revision requires a 30-day notice to our suburban customers. we won't be able to come before you until january 22. and then we will come back to you after the change is negotiated and seek a second project revision that will take into account the final negotiated cost. this two-step approach is required so we have the funding needed to keep the project
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moving forward. now keeping the costs of the program, of the project within the approved budget, of course is our number one priority. and everyone on the project team is working really hard and committed to make sure that happens. but now as we are starting to get closer to finishing the finish line. we have encountered a few additional changes that are pretty significant. including the calaveros project, reaching this goal is still achievable but harder. to be sure that we put all of the best chances on our side, we asked our program consultant to take on a number of major tasks. including assessment of project costs and schedule changes, trends, risks and remaining project contingency.
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the goal is one, to try to identify cost efficiencies, where we may realize some savings. and be sure that the scheduled costs and impacts on the remaining projects and issues are appropriately identified in all forecasts. so as well in an effort to identify all project saving, i am personally going through our program management budget line item by line item. and i want to mention at the same time we have an ongoing independent audit conducted and sponsored by arbok. t the audit is performed by rw block. their area of focus is the cost and schedule and completion of the five major projects. calaveras and tunnel and crystal
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springs transmission upgrade project. and the other area of focus is all remaining soft cost on the project. we have worked closely with the audit team. providing them with the information they need, and giving them access to the project teams and sites. i have spent a lot of time with them the last few weeks. i personally welcome the review, and i think that everyone on our team do. i hope that it will help identify areas of cost efficiency. i am confidence once we are done with all of these ongoing efforts, we have a better picture of where we stand. and be able to have recommendation and deliver budget on schedule. >> and questions from members of the commission? seeing none. >> thank you. >> the next item is cleanpowersf
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update, barbara hale. >> good afternoon, commissioners, in your packet was a revised timeline for our cca program. let me highlight the changes from the last time we met. today will be activity under item 11. on our communications contract. we also have the rate fairness board scheduled this friday to consider our rates and possible preparation of a recommendation to the commission. they also have invited the local power folks, consultants, to come and make a presentation on what they are finding. we are on january 22, scheduling a presentation on the financial deliverables that local power has prepared for us. and then finally, the anticipated consideration of the
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noble contract in december has been postponed until june. given the fact that we are now incorporating the customer notification plan and education period. we don't need to bring that to you until that later date. those the changes to the timeline. the next activity, with the turn the calendar year, pg & e rates will change. that means when we talk about the premium that is represented over the pg & e rate will change. i want you to be aware that we will bring a revised estimate of the premium that a customer will pay in january. thank you. >> question. >> commissioner caen. >> is the pg & e going to be a mixed hybrid program? >> the pg & e tariff option, i
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assume that's what you are talking about. what they have proposed and put before the california puc for approval is alliance on their resources compliant with the renewal portfolio standard for about 22% i think by then. of their portfolio being california compliant renewables. and the balance will be renewable energy credits. so that distinguishes, it's a mix. in that some of the renewables they are proposing are california compliant and some of them are not. >> okay. i guess i will wait until january.
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>> well -- so i may have confused you with what i had said. in january what pg & e is going to be doing is implementing new rates for all of their customers. it won't be the green tariff option yet. that's still before the california utility commission. they don't have approval for that program yet, maybe until july or so. so january is a standard rate change that pg & e is implementing. >> any comments? >> thank you. >> so the next item is todd rydstrom on the mid-cycle bi-annual budget priorities. >> i do have a question, a comment about how the rate information will be presented. and in what context. because it feels like there are
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other pieces involved around the solar program, i know that's kind of come up again as a discussion item with some of the stakeholders. and then some of the efficiency programming. and i know as part of the cca and cleanpowersf, there is talk about low income residents and being allocated to them. i want a better understanding how it fits together and the implications, not from a rate perspective but programming perspective and solar programming in the context of the roll out of cleanpowersf. i wonder if there could be a larger conversation in january that can touch on all of those pieces? >> sure. we are scheduled to come to you
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in january with the rate recommendation or rate opinion of the rate fairness board. assuming that on the 14th, this friday, they continue to move forward on the schedule they are on. and at that time we can absolutely incorporate a knitting together for you how the cca energy efficiency and renewable funds will be spent. and how our programs, portfolio of resources, what it's made up of. so you can understand the value behind the premium. >> are we going to make a decision in january on the sflae rates? >> no, we are not proposing that, just to be the first-reading and the first opportunity for you to hear about the rates. >> great, i think as a
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communication piece and as pg & e comes online of their program and how we address that and communication strategy. and by that i hope that davis, our consultant would be far enough long to have a real plan in place. >> sure, we can do as much as that as we know about. in respect to the pg & e proposal, it may change quite a bit before adopted. the california puc suspended the hearing they calendared on the proposal to allow parties to sit down and settlement than dispute. when that happens, what pg & e came in the room with may change. and once w k


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